InWin’s Alice: A Unique Chassis Made of Fabric and Plasticby Anton Shilov on June 21, 2019 11:00 AM EST
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Over the past few years makers of PC cases have tried virtually all materials to make their boxes: aluminum, steel, glass, various plastics, you name it. In an attempt to offer something completely new, InWin has decided to offer Alice, a case made of plastic and fabrics, a combination never seen before in a mass market computer case.
InWin’s Alice is an ATX open frame vertical tower PC case made of ABS plastic that wears a "costume" made of fabrics. The manufacturer claims that the skeleton of the case is durable, sturdy, shock-proof, and lightweight, though it does not compare it to products made of metal.
The chassis can accommodate an air cooling system that is up to 220 mm high, a 320-mm long graphics card, a 220-mm deep PSU, three 2.5-inch storage drives, and one 3.5-inch drive. When it comes to cooling, the Alice can house a 120-mm fan/radiator on top as well as three 120-mm fans/a 360-mm radiator on the bottom. Meanwhile, since fabrics do not completely restrict the movement of air, airflows inside the case should be fine. On the other hand, because fabrics also aren't good for blocking noises, end users will likely go with a hybrid cooling system to maximize performance without producing too much noise.
Inspired by Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, InWin’s Alice will come in a variety of color schemes. Granted, it is easy to make ABS chassis of different plastics and use fabrics with a variety of prints. The maker says that it can even build the case to order if its clients demand something unique.
InWin’s Alice PC case will be available in the near future at price points below $100.
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cyberguyz - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkVery pretty but I wonder how good it is at blocking RF Interference....
drexnx - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkgiven that it's entirely non-metallic, it won't block it at all.
michael2k - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkIt can't, unless they use a metal thread in the fabric cover
Samus - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - linkThat would be pretty cool if they do.
Peter2k - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkLike people haven't been using bench "cases" (me included)
Pretty isn't the word I'd be using, but anyway, there's plenty of rather open cases
Not sure RF blocking is something overly concerning really
Flunk - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkThe RF isn't an issue for humans, or the PC, it's an issue that it might create unwanted interference with other electronics. I guess the most important takeaway is that it most likely doesn't comply with FCC regulations (how could it?) so it can't really be sold as an assembled PC in the USA.
jordanclock - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkComponents pass FCC regulations, not cases. If a vendor wants to sell a power supply, motherboard, or whatever on its own, it gets FCC certification on its own.
The Chill Blueberry - Friday, June 21, 2019 - linkThat's.. what he said.
jordanclock - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - linkWhat they said is that this as a whole unit wouldn't comply with FCC regulations. But it would, because every component would. So the case or an entire PC built from the case would pass.
boozed - Monday, June 24, 2019 - linkInternal components typically aren't designed with integral shielding because they're assumed to be installed in a shielded enclosure.